Organizing our Right Start Math Manipulatives


We have been using Right Start for 2 years now. I love all the manipulatives and game cards. Organizing all the goodies can be a bit overwhelming. At first I put all the cards into envelopes and kept everything in a shoe box. It was a bit cumbersome. I read about how someone used a fishing tackle box to organize and I loved the idea. So I headed to Wal-Mart to look at the tackle boxes. I didn’t like the big boxes. I decided to pick up a few separate boxes. I have two boxes that have counters in them. We used a few other programs before Right Start and they required other manipulatives.



I have one box for abacus cards, place value cards, triangles, and a few other things.


I found craft boxes worked great for the bigger stack of cards that come with the game kit. The tangrams, geared clock and abacus fit nicely in the craft boxes as well.


I love my boxes. I keep them in a cabinet in our school room and just grab the one that we need each day. Getting them out and cleaning out are easy.


Cotter Fractals for RightStart Math

It took us over a year to finish this project but we finally finished it. The Gymnast was to construct a one thousand fractal to understand place value better.


You first start with tiny triangles or ones (green) and glue 10 of them onto a larger triangle to make a ten triangle (white). Then you take 10 of the larger white triangles and glue them onto the blue triangle to make a hundred triangle. Then you take 10 blue triangles to make a large 1000 triangle.


For many months every day she did a few ten triangles (gluing 10 tiny greens onto a white). Her little sister and I helped out on several occasions. Then over a few days she made the hundred triangles (blue). Then they sat and sat until one day the furniture was moved to vacuum. We seized the opportunity and hung our one thousand fractal up. However, since we have textured, plaster walls the triangles barely stayed up until Daddy arrived to see. Oh well, Little Bit is almost to that lesson herself so in a few months we can start all over again.